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Modern Environmentalism: An Introduction [Paperback]

David Pepper
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4 Jan 1996
Modern Environmentalism presents a comprehensive introduction to environmentalism, the origins of its main beliefs and ideas, and how these relate to modern environmental ideologies. Providing a historical overview of the development of attitudes to nature and the environment in society, the book examines key environmentalist ideas, influences and movements. Science's role in mediating our view of nature is emphasised throughout. This entirely new account draws on the explosion of writing on socio-environment relations since Pepper's earlier work, The Roots of Modern Environmentalism.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (4 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415057450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415057455
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is an essential reference book for all students and scholars alike with an interest in environmentalism. It contains all the relevant theory and debate and is presentaed in an interesting and assesible way. Further it's also an enjoyable and informative read for non-academics interested in the environment. It contains all the relavent issues surrounding environmental discourse and policy. I thoroughly recommend this book to all that care about our environment!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great tables 8 Sep 2006
By Mar
I'm still on a preliminary-reading phase (around 60 pages read), but I can already say that TABLES in this book are a GEM. They are definitely worth checking.

They put in order and rationalise, in a simple and clear manner, the basic ideas, principles and differences between a lot of topics, in relation to the environment. Namely: politics, economy, nature, humans, religion, etc. In a way that you wouldn't have thought of.

And they help you see where you stand. You'll be surprised sometimes...


The tables (and the book) will help you grasp the multidimensionality and "invisible" interrelationships of everything, in the task of thinking GLOBALLY and identifying threads.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Excruciatingly dull 15 May 2003
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Environmental geography is simply not an area of interest for me personally.
For a first year, the content is probably too detailed and heavy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not expert but... 8 Dec 2002
By Ty - Published on
I found this book to be a wonderful 'introduction' to, among other things, the historical roots of modern environmentalism (I decided to read it 'for fun' after a recommendation from my anthropology prof). Pepper notes that many of today's environmentalists feel as though their movement is something new and without a history, thus he shows how a whole spectrum of envirnomental thought (ecocentric to technocentric) has evolved over the centuries. Pepper touches on all levels of the movement, from empirical(viability of alternative lifestyles) to philosophical (ecocentric versus anthropocentric understandings of nature and man), presenting arguments, as well as critiquing them. He relies heavily on citations from other works, and it has led me to read a couple more books he's referred to extensively. Very interesting stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction 24 April 2010
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A great introduction to the topic. Easy to read, very well informed. It was published over ten years ago, so it doesn't contain the most up-to-date thought on the topic, but really lays the groundwork.
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous book 18 Sep 2012
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This book is very helpful for my understanding the history and philosophical origins of environmentalism.And the author is also knowledgeable in the development of 20 century science and the grand ideas in modern physics
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